Hey guys its time for me to replace my Wrangler SRA's after 50,000 miles. Iv decided I want to do some beginner trails a couple times a year so I want something that is going to be good for driving on the road about 90% of the time, but also be able to handle the beginner trails. Also, I live in Upstate NY so the tires need to do good in the snow. Any suggestions.
Try Craigslist for some Rubicon takeoffs. I've also seen the price for the replacement Rubicon BF Goodrich M/T on Mavis Discount Tires and they aren't priced that bad. If you want to go a different brand, I really like my Goodyear Duratracs, although I went with 35s.
I'd go with Yokohama ATS 265/70/17. Essentially the same height, a bit wider (10.8") and they are always marked with yellow dots for correct positioning on the wheel. Great in snow and are very quiet. I put these tires on all my trucks and Jeeps when tires are replaced.
Since you're on-road, you should get an all-terrain instead of a mud-terrain (Rubicon takeoffs). M/Ts don't handle the rain/snow quite as well but are great in the mud and rocks.
I went with Firestone Destination A/T when we replaced our SR/As and have been happy thus far. They have a more aggressive tread pattern so they look a bit better than the SR/As, too. More proper in my opinion.
They did well in the snow last year, but they were new, so that's to be expected.
The 255/75 leaves little options for upgrades, while going up to 285/70 offers many more choices (DuraTrac), but will likely rub when you turn.
Old thread but worth mentioning... Cooper is now making both the highly-acclaimed Discoverer A/T3 and Discoverer S/T MAXX in 255/75R17... Definitely good news for those who want to keep the stock tire size but desire something more aggressive.